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Encore/Squadron 1/48 A-37B Dragonfly, Off to the Show!

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    June 2018
Posted by pdxseabee on Friday, June 1, 2018 2:40 PM
I have acquired this same model and it's missing the instructions. Is it possible you could scan them and post them?
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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, October 8, 2017 11:02 AM

It was class reunion weekend and an old modeling friend was there from 1960. I'm just moving this to the top so he can find it and so he can see what fun we have on this site.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, April 3, 2017 3:51 PM

Thanks Toshi, good to see you moving again! As for the show, probably not a chance against the experts, I'm always humbled there! Credit where credit's due, they do awesome work. It is fun to enter and talk models, We'll have a good time! I'll try to get a few photos of the adventure!

Max

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, April 3, 2017 3:32 PM

Good luck at the show.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, April 3, 2017 3:20 PM

 

Max

fox

 I use antennas like that on military vehicles to give them the look of being driven at speed for long periods of time. Used to have 2 cats and they left whiskers all over the house that make great ones. Don't worry about snapping them off in transport or a wayward child at a show with a "look at this daddy". 

Jim  Captain

 

Hey Jim, the 12lb Monofilament came off the spool with the perfect curve! I'm outta cats, LOL!

Max

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, April 3, 2017 1:21 PM

 I use antennas like that on military vehicles to give them the look of being driven at speed for long periods of time. Used to have 2 cats and they left whiskers all over the house that make great ones. Don't worry about snapping them off in transport or a wayward child at a show with a "look at this daddy". 

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, April 3, 2017 8:28 AM

Wow Max,

I think your Dragonfly came out excellent and you should do well at the show, so good luck Mate. I also enjoyed your W.I.P. done like a pro.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, April 2, 2017 9:23 PM

The A-37 "Super Tweet" did come out as one of my better works which only means it was not as bad as the last one, LOL! I've been doing the final touches on it for the Tulsa Oklahoma Modelers IPMS show April 8, 2017, like next Saturday in Bixby, Oklahoma. I'm never competitive in this event but it is fun to participate. I'll also try to bring a few other favorites. Check it out on the Tulsa Modelers site. 

Last time my Leopoard 1/48 Tank was not muddy enough and I got fourth out of four. I did eek out a 3rd in 1/48 Multi-engined/bombers with my Revell B-17G, not bad for my first competition at least I was pleased. Whew, lotsa seams showing. I'm learning! The Tweet won't win against the talent there but it is fun to enter and talk models. These guys are off the charts on talent. It does humble you and remind you where you need to improve. All learning experiences!

Make it if you can and look me up, always fun meeting faces from the Forum! There's also lots of vendors with great prices at the show, It's a great place to make some vintage and rare buys. 

OK, I know you've seen a lot of the A-37 W.I.P. pictures but check out the cool last detail antenna, does that look fast or what. Really, it should be straight standing still but hey, it's just some art or perhaps an aftermarket item from the A-37 catalog.

See you there if you can make it!

Max

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    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:55 AM

A brief summary and review is probably in order for this drawn out post. First of all, part of this project involved my ongoing journalism career. I was always a photographer when covering a story situation and couldn't even type well. As semi-retirement has set in now I can fill in the gaps of story telling with the help of my dear wife who taught Journalism for years. She has been instrumental in developing my new passion and endeavour. She often edits my work with a large teacher-like red pen. The Forum has been a fun place to be allowed to rave on about other passions such as motorcycles, modeling, photography and writing. Thanks for your support!

Back to the Super Tweet. My mission in modeling usually is to build examples of aircraft history for my so-called Museum. They almost always are OOB and look as they came out the factory door. I appeciate everone's praise but my work doesn't even begin to approach the levels of talent shown on the Forum by others. Weathering and incredible detail work shown by the Gang is beyond my reach even though I try to dabble in it. Credit where credit is due!

I see the said model is on sale at Squadron for about $17, down from the earlier $50. The experience of the build was frought with issues of the concept of packaging aftermarket ideas in an existing kit from a Revell mold. Instructions seemed to be vague and disconnected from the original concept. Some resin parts were no better than the originals and you had to remove them from large blocks. The resin cockpit and seats were well detailed and the photoetched parts were superb. The instruments assembled in 3D and were pre-colored.

This was my first experience with resin parts. Almost everything I tried as adhesives didn't work. It was like glueing bars of soap together. In one case they said to cut off the original fueling probe and replace it with almost identical resin one. Good luck with that! None of the adhesives that I tried could make that work.

The biggest time consuming challenge was the fitting of the cockpit tub which had zero reference points and no place to attach. It also had to be installed before assembling the fuselage halves along with very large constructed weights. Add some side panels and an instrument panel along with these adhesive problems and the model was nearly put away. Ah, but modeling is problem solving but more than I wanted in this supposedly simple model. My final solution was to use hot glue to secure and provide mounting.

I suppose if you like challenges this could be one. It is cute when finished! If I was to do this again I think I would explore finding a better detailed kit at least for my purposes of display.

I did learn several things on the build or at least was introduced to them as in resin parts. My decaling finally got quite acceptable on this build, thanks to everyone's advice. My painting procedure still needs some work to obtain the gloss needed for decaling and I need to try some different types of paint. Several past masking issues were adressed such as tapes and methods. All positive.

Anyway, that's my semi-brief report. Plus and minus things, things learned, reporting W.I.P. was really fun and everyone's comments spurred me along. I got to write, photograph, interact with friends and came up with an acceptable Museum piece along with at least a small history lesson on the Super Tweet. What could be better!

Thanks for your support Gang!

Max

 

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:35 PM

Nice museum Max! Can't think of anything to say about that georgous bird that hasn't already been said. 

So, a well deserved Bow Down Bow Down Bow Down.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:04 PM

The shelves continue a bit further. Here's a better view. Storage is always a problem and I have others on the other side of the office, er, Museum on the opposite side but not as many. Bombers are 1/72, most everything else is 1/48. 1/32 is looking better in my old age and I do have a 1/32 Me-109 as a practice run. A few models spill over into and around the house and my sweet wife is quite tolerant of my decor which includes a 1/1 motorcycle hanging in the living room. One's home should represent one's tastes I always say. Models represent lotsa hours, problem solving, even history and are good for the soul as decor. All good.

Max

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:37 PM
Looks great. I like the shelves too

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:12 PM

Thanks Gang, I can't express how much I appreciate everyone's comments. I'm somewhat overcome! I hope I can do the Phantom justice. You guys are great with your advice and encouragement! Everone's help has brought me up a step in modeling. I'm still blown away by the talent on the Forum. Keep setting the Standards!

Max

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:59 PM

Very, very nice, Max! YesYesYes

Looks good on the shelf (I mean, in the museum) too.

-Greg

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:55 PM

Hey thanks Mike! Did you see the P-40 on the lower shelf? I guess I'll keep it. Actually it looks fairly good on the flight line if you don't get too close! At least the pilot looks dashing! LOL!

Max

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:48 PM

You did a damn nice job on that one, Max!

Love the collection on the shelf!  :)

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:46 PM

Hey thanks Chris! The Tweet was going to be a quick practice piece, Man, did that thing get outta hand as far as hours. That's the trouble with a W.I.P., once it's started with people watching you can't wimp out! I did learn a thing or two! (or at least experienced it!) Appreciate your comments! I'll be phast phorwarding on the next project after a little break.

Max

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    December 2002
Posted by Bossman on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:02 PM

Sweet Tweet Max !

Nice camo job - and it's gotta be satisfying mastering another modelling technique.

Congrats !   Looking Phorward to the next !

Chris

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 11:45 AM

I guess I should finish the story out with the Super Tweet happily parked on the Flight line of the Museum. Oops, I see I forgot to paint the left tank light red. I'd better get that done before someone calls me on that! LOL!

Max Good/Curator/ Max's Comparitive Aircraft Museum (Really just my office.)

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, March 6, 2017 8:28 PM

Hey thanks Patrick and Bob! One of the fun things of a build is the research on the history and capabilities of these machines. For whatever it's worth, I now know more than I need to know about Super Tweets. Had I not seen one in action at Oshkosh and inspected it with prying eyes, I would have never built this model. What a cool little aircraft with an incredible history, sortie record and service life. I always do this research to be prepared to answer kids (of all ages) questions when the rare time comes and someone actually visits the Museum. LOL! Anyway, always part of the build for me. Thanks for watching and your comments!

Max

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, March 6, 2017 6:53 PM

Real nice, Scott MaxEmbarrassed  The original low rider.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, March 6, 2017 5:48 PM
That looks really nice Max! I really enjoyed watching this come together. I hope that whenever I get around to mine it looks half as good.

On my bench: Hasegawa 1/32 Fw190-F8 crash diorama

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, March 6, 2017 5:24 PM

Well now, Max, it seems you're much more critical of your work than warranted. This turned out just fine, I'm giving it a "10" and glad to have seen it completed. The WIP text was very well done and informative, it helped me with some things I had not realized. Big thank you.

I see nothing about the finish that indicates a dusty or rough look, maybe you buffed that up a bit? With regards to that, I think with any paint type the issue of dust, graininess or pebbly surface is related to thinning ratio, distance from surface and pressure.

I find a pressure of 15-18psi, as thin as I can get the paint and still have it behave well, then stay fairly close to the surface works well. Sometimes I have thinned Tamiya acrylic as much as 3 parts thinner to 2 parts paint, it just all depends on the results I need. Same with enamel, once in a while I have gone nearly 50/50 if needed.

Your camo work is exceptional, really well done. You're a good contributor here at FSM. Thanks for the post and photos.

Patrick

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, March 6, 2017 3:18 PM

Here's the final. A few flaws, it seems they are never perfect but at least I get a little better each try. I'll write more of a review or maybe I should say opinion of the kit soon. This was to be a quick practice one but that soon got out of control! Lotsa time in this one, but it was also fun and I did learn a few things. It does look good in the Museum flight line, at least in my opinion!

I did get the A-10 out for comparison. One forgets how small a A-37 is compared to the A-10. The A-10 is about 13" while the a-37 is about 7" long at 1/48 scale.

Max

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  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Monday, March 6, 2017 3:15 PM

Max, that super tweet is coming right along.  Hang in there, and it will be a fine addition to the museum, I'm sure.

 

John

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, March 6, 2017 12:00 PM

It looks great, Max! This experience is certainly getting you better results. Just keep experimenting and you'll get those  problems under control.

A few more builds and you'll be wondering how you did it any other way lol.             

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, March 6, 2017 11:16 AM
Max you can also rub rough flat sections with an old tshirt it will buff the area to a slight sheen

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, March 6, 2017 10:18 AM

Wow, lessons learned yesterday concerning decals, thanks to the Gang! My modeling nemesis has always been silvering decals to the point I'd about given up on modeling. After working for days on a project only to have it go south on the last step kinda sours one on such things.

The main mission on this build was to solve the problem. I had never communicated with other modelers in the past and after joining this Forum began to ask questions and got answers. I'm reporting today that the problem has been resolved and I'm happy again, thanks all!

A smooth finish along with Micro Sol made for an excellent lay-down even with the ultimate test of of a large flat decal on a large wing section going down perfectly.

As this build was to be a practice run for my upcoming Phantom I also learned some lessons on painting. The quick drying acrylic made for some pebbly areas that were hard to smooth out later. I think its time to try some better flowing enamels on a quick kit before the Phantom.

Well, that's my positive report today. I'll work on that paint problem next. One step at a time!

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, March 5, 2017 11:57 AM

Hey, did you ever pre mock-up a model just before finishing because you just want to to see how this thing is going to look after all these trials and tribulations? Wow, this thing might turn out OK after all! Still decals, ordnance and pidley things to do but I was excited by the preview. To think that I almost put it away a few times reminds me of part of what modeling is all about: A series of challenges. One of the big challenges in modeling is the sequence of events and where painting and constuction intermingle along with fit and details. Sometimes I have to stop and put off doing a part while I think about the problem and the way to solve it even if it takes a few days.

Just chattering here, but today I was somewhat surprised on how things come together. Still not perfect of course but I'm still learning as an old guy!

Keep on modelin'

Max

 

 

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